Military Monday: What Is Minden Day?
In celebration of Yorkshire Day – also known as Minden Day – on 1 August, we’ve created this video exploring its history in the King’s Own Yorkshire Light Infantry.
On 1 August 1759, British and Hanoverian forces defeated the French cavalry at the Battle of Minden. The battle was one of the greatest allied victories of the Seven Years’ War.
At the battle, British soldiers were said to have picked roses and wore them in their hats. This became a tradition for regiments who fought at the battle, with soldiers wearing roses or laurels on Minden Day, the anniversary of the battle.